Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

Michael Woods was recognized by his colleagues at the Inter-Tribal Trade Investment Organization (IITIO) for his contribution to the organization’s submission to Global Affairs Canada with respect to the upcoming negotiations with the United States and Mexico on the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The submission  draws on recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada and  important developments in international law including the  adoption of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007 and the more recent reaffirmation of Indigenous rights by the adoption of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (ADRIP) in 2016.  In the submission IITIO, points to these recent developments and the Government of Canada own statements leads to the need to for the participation of Indigenous peoples in the negotiation of international agreements that impact their rights. IITIO submits that this is consistent with international law as well as in line with current international and Canadian domestic policy for Indigenous rights.  See the submission endorsed by IITIO executive at this link  as well as a letter in support filed by the Shuswap National Tribal Council.